published Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Georgia won’t show anything new today

SPRING WINNERS

Georgia announced its spring football award winners Friday:

OFFENSE

MVP — QB Aaron Murray and TE Orson Charles.

Most Improved — FB Zander Ogletree and QB Hutson Mason

True Grit — C Ben Jones

DEFENSE

MVP — NG Kwame Geathers

Most Improved — CB Jordan Love and CB Branden Smith

True Grit — CB Brandon Boykin and S Shawn Williams

Georgia’s spring football game today is a showcase for Bulldogs fans but not upcoming opponents.

The Red and Black teams were determined by a draft earlier this week, which has created more excitement than usual, but coach Mark Richt and his staff plan to keep things simple. The Bulldogs open the 2011 season against Boise State and South Carolina.

“I do not want our coaches to show anything new that might give Boise State or South Carolina a hint,” Richt said. “If it is a blitz we ran all last year, I don’t care if we run it. I’m just not excited about showing anything new.”

The G-Day game, which has a 1 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by CSS, will consist of 12-minute quarters and will not have returns on kickoffs or punts.

Quarterback Aaron Murray and cornerback Brandon Boykin are the Black team captains, while center Ben Jones and inside linebacker Christian Robinson head the Red squad. Those four players did the drafting for their respective teams, though Boykin is among a dozen or so Bulldogs expected to sit due to injuries.

“Past games have been just like practice with the ones going against the ones, which is what we do every spring,” Murray said. “I think this will add some spice.”

The captains exchanged a little trash-talking in front of reporters earlier this week after making the selections.

“It got a little intense, but it was fun,” Murray said. “Boykin and I absolutely dominated the draft. We are quite pleased with our team.”

Said Jones: “They cheated. They got first pick, and they had Murray.”

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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